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PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant…
Matthew 21:15

And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,
“‘This people honors me with their lips,

    but their heart is far from me…”
Mark 7:6

“Look at Christ.  He rides not upon a horse which is a steed of war.  He comes not with appalling pomp and power but sits upon an ass, which is a gentle beast to bear burdens and work for men.  From this we see that Christ comes not to terrify, to drive, and oppress, but to help and take for himself our load.”
– Martin Luther

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.
― G.K. Chesterton, “The Donkey”

“When I am paid a compliment, I must compare myself with the little donkey that carried Christ on Palm Sunday. And I say to myself: If that little creature, hearing the applause of the crowd, had become proud and had begun — jackass that he was — to bow his thanks left and right like a prima donna, how much hilarity he would have aroused! Don’t act the same!”
– Pope John Paul I

Palm Sunday: That day’s violent procession of the horse-mounted Pilate and his soldiers was contrasted with the nonviolent procession of the donkey-mounted Jesus and his companions. We must ask: in which procession would we have walked then and in which do we walk now?”
– Marcus Borg

 

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
    Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
    righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Zechariah 9:9

 

SONG

 

Lion and the Lamb

[Verse 1]
He’s coming on the clouds
kings and kingdoms will bow down
And every chain will break
as broken hearts declare His praise
for who can stop the Lord Almighty?

[Chorus]
Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before Him
Our God is the Lamb
the Lamb that was slain
For the sins of the world
His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow
before the Lion and the Lamb
Oh every knee will bow before Him

[Verse 2]
So open up the gates
make way before the King of kings
The God who comes to save
is here to set the captives free
for who can stop the Lord Almighty?

[Chorus]

[Bridge] (x4)
Who can stop the Lord Almighty?

[Chorus]

 

SONG

 

Be Lifted Up/How Great Thou Art

[Verse]
Be lifted up, be lifted up
As we bow down, be lifted up

[Chorus]
Let the heavens rejoice, let the nations be glad
Let the whole earth tremble, for you are God
Come and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
As we bow down, be lifted up
As we bow down, be lifted up

[Verse]
Be lifted up, be lifted up
As we bow down, be lifted up

[Chorus]
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

 

SCRIPTURE READING

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 18:9-14

 

SONG

 

I Exalt Thee

[Verse]
For Thou, O Lord, art high
Above all the Earth
Thou art exalted
Far above all gods

[Chorus]
I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee, Oh Lord

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hope Stronger Than Death – Easter is coming (3/31) and this is a good time to invite friends and family to church. In light of this special day we’re planning an egg hunt and breakfast, both of which start at 9:30am – so prepare your family to get there earlier than normal. Our worship service will be begin at 10am as usual. The Resurrection of Jesus has given us a new level of verified hope! The power of God that raised Jesus from the dead now has the power to give anyone new life and a fresh start. Let’s celebrate and share that message.

Friday Night Study of Lamentations in Hermosa: Led by Chris Lau. “A whole book dedicated to regretful weeping, Lamentations is not an appendix to Scripture; it is Scripture. Lamentations is Scripture because lament is not taken on to our lives as something to be hidden.  It’s right out there in the middle. God chose not to hide the plaintive cries of the confused…Lament is an experience of everyone God is using to fulfill his covenant promises.” Join us in person as we do a 3-session study on the Book of Lamentations: 4/5, 4/19, and 5/3/24. Register HERE.

 

MONTHLY FINANCIAL UPDATE
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After February 2024
YTD 2024 Projected Giving: $91,330
YTD 2024 Actual Giving: $97,255
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OFFERTORY

If you would like to give electronically, you may do so using the “Giving” tab at the bottom-right corner of the mobile app. There are also white baskets in the back of our worship space, where you can give via check, made out to King’s Cross Church, or cash.


SERMON
“God for the Hypocrites”
Mark 11:1-11

1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’ ” 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” 

11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve. 

 

SONG

 

What a Beautiful Name/Majesty

[Verse 1]
You were the Word at the beginning
One with God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ

[Chorus 1]
What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

[Verse 2]
You didn’t want Heaven without us
So Jesus You brought Heaven down
My sin was great Your love was greater
What could separate us now?

[Chorus 2]
What a wonderful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a wonderful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

[Bridge]
Death could not hold You
The veil tore before You
You silenced the boast of sin and grave
The Heavens are roaring
The praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival
You have no equal
Now and forever God You reign
Yours is the Kingdom
Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name above all names

[Chorus 3]
What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Majesty
Worship His majesty
Unto Jesus
Be all glory, honor and praise

Majesty
Kingdom authority
Flow from His throne
Unto His own
His anthem raise

So exalt, lift up on high
The name of Jesus
Magnify, come glorify
Christ Jesus the King

Majesty
Worship His majesty
Jesus who died, now glorified
King of all kings

 

BENEDICTION

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
    and the love of God
    and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.

2 Corinthians 13:14